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Secondary Education Program Requirements

Candidates are required to meet competencies identified by the state of Virginia as well as additional competencies required by the teacher education unit at JMU. The undergraduate program is designed to provide students with the prerequisite course offerings and experiences that form the required foundation for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program. Candidates must complete a major, or the equivalent, in one of the arts and sciences disciplines closely associated with the desired teaching area.

The requirements for the undergraduate and graduate degrees are as follows:

BA/Bs Undergraduate Credit Hours
General Education 41-44
Discipline Major 36-60
Pre-Professional Studies in Education 22-24
MAT Degree
Graduate Level Professional Studies 35

Graduate admission requirements for current JMU undergraduate candidates include:

  • Personal qualities and dispositions that reflect effective development as a professional educator
  • An overall GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Pass the Praxis II before completing 12 hours of graduate work

To be recommended for licensure, all candidates must:

  • Meet all secondary education pre-professional (undergraduate) and professional (M.A.T.) program requirements
  • Meet all admission, retention, and completion criteria for teacher education, including passing scores for both the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment and the Praxis II Subject Assessment
  • Meet performance and behavior standards as indicated by ratings on the program Dispositions Checklist

Current JMU undergraduate students: click HERE for a packet of information about the requirements for secondary education MAT program admission and completion.

Secondary Licensure Areas

Add-On Endorsements

Algebra I, Gifted Education, Journalism

Post-Baccalaureate Option

Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, History and Social Science (Social Studies)

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate content area, may apply to admission to the post-bac program. The requirements for licensure are identical to those stated above. However, there are additional admission requirements.

Additional admission requirements include:

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7
  • Successful completion of the GRE (scores in the 25th percentile or higher in the verbal, quantitative and writing tests
  • Passing Praxis II scores submitted prior to beginning MAT coursework

Additional admission requirements to be mailed directly to the Secondary Education Department Office:

  • Resume
  • Two recommendation letters with at least one from a higher education professional

Each recommendation letter should address the following:

  • Potential as a classroom teacher
  • Oral and written expression
  • Performance as a professional
  • Potential to succeed in a graduate program

Post-baccalaureate applicants: click HERE for a packet of information about the requirements for secondary education MAT program admission and completion.